In a city where you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from a nearby Starbucks, it’s hard to figure out which places actually offer the best brews and beans. But why settle on an average cup of joe? We compiled a list of our favourite caffeinated spots where you can sip the finest java in town – sorted accordingly to the different coffee types.
Best Cold Brew
Old Hen Coffee Bar
88 Rangoon Road, #01-03, Singapore 218374
If you ever see passerbys near Rangoon cracking open what looks like pints of alcohol, you’re not seeing things. Hailing from the popular Old Hen Coffee Bar, these rustic bottles house their specialty Cold Brew that sell out faster than you can blink. While famous for their signature Smooth Black and Creamy White variants, non-coffee drinkers can also grab one of their Valrhona Dark Cocoa in Velvety Brown or Peppermint ($6.50) for the same refreshing kick sans the caffeine.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 20756
Credit: Coffee for Beginners
Within everyone’s favourite hipster cafe is the first ever 360 degrees coffee bar, where baristas dispense flavour-packed daily brew ($3) and cold brew ($7) served in vintage cough syrup bottles. Established by local roastery Papa Palheta, CSHH steeps their brew for 10 to 12 hours for a slicker, less acidic punch. And if you’re curious to know how they work their magic, there’s a space called C-Platform on the second level for you to mingle with the apparatus and learn about coffee beyond the bean.
The New Black
9 Raffles Place, Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619
An audaciously colourful and ambitious ‘concept outlet’, The New Black specially curates beans from some of the world’s top artisanal roasters, such as The Coffee Collective from Copenhagen, Sweet Bloom from Colorado and of course, our very own Nylon Coffee Roasters. Highly trained in their craft, the baristas here take espresso particiularly seriously so you can definitely count on ‘em to churn out impeccable brews. And it doesn’t hurt that we’ll have it in these super fancy to-go cups!
8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216
Toby’s Estate probably needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, this Aussie-based coffee chain is legendary for its note-perfect espressos, which are freshly roasted within the premises of their flagship cafe. You can also find a rotating selection of local blends and single origin coffees on their retail shelves available for you to take home. Interested in learning the art of coffee? Sign up for the public cupping sessions or training workshops at their Espresso School to hone your skills!
One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
Sharing the same shophouse grounds as Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, One Man Coffee is exactly what it sounds like. Look forward to an impeccable one man show as the barista behind the counter whips up speedy cups of lattes adorned with lovely coffee art. Their coffee isn’t exactly as punchy, but it comes smooth and packed with plenty of aromatic flavour. If you’re hoping to get a real jolt of caffeine, give the Magic ($4.50) a shot – it’s said to have the perfect coffee-to-milk ratio, and that’s saying something!
The Coffee Academics
6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square, Singapore 228209
The moment we heard about the arrival of The Coffee Academics, we knew it definitely deserves a spot in our list. Helmed by some of the top baristas in Hong Kong, Singapore’s flagship outlet features a main bar, a hand brew bar, and a cupping corner where you can take part in coffee appreciation classes and cupping sessions. With beans sourced from the best regions, TCA creates one-of-a-kind blends such as The TCA House Blend, JWF Blend and Panama Baruffee that you can never find anywhere else.
Best Pour Over
37 Mactaggart Road, #06-01, Singapore 368083
Okay, so Liberty Coffee isn’t exactly a cafe per se, but this homegrown roaster supplies their signature speakeasy blend to so many of our favourite local establishments (Patisserie G, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, The Artistry, and more) that we just gotta give ‘em a shoutout. They’ve always prided themselves on their hand-brew techniques, and this time they’re bringing on-board this awesome new apparatus by the name of Poursteady. And they’re hosting a series of popups at their partner cafes for y’all to watch this sleek machine in action. Check out their Facebook page for updates!
38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164
While mostly known for their #OOTD-certified wall and Instagram-worthy Berry Ricotta Hotcakes, Paddy Hills also does a mean trade in coffee. Coffee lovers can expect honest-to-goodness pour over brews made with their seasonal single origins, beautifully crafted from their beastly V60 and Aeropress machines. We especially enjoy their take on ice cold brews, which taste amazingly bright and robust on the palate.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058
A cafe, coffee bar and wholesale roasting arm rolled into one, Common Man Coffee Roasters is the place to find the holy grail of mochas. While most mochas can come off as a little too overwhelming, CMCR’s version is surprisingly well-balanced – intense on the taste buds, yet with the cocoa goodness that non-coffee fanatics are sure to love. The artisan coffee joint also holds free cupping workshops every Wednesday for you to try your hand at the craft.
17 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059660
Credit: Raine Liu
Run by the good folks behind The Plain and The Bravery, RONIN Cafe has been fuelling troves of mocha enthusiasts with their definitive beverage: The Wicked ($5.50). This decadent glass of mocha is infused with a pinch of peppermint, giving you a shot of minty freshness that complements the chocolate flavour in the most delightful way possible. Perfect on a hot summer day!
You might be a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, but how well do you really know your coffee? Check out our beginner’s guide on page 16 to 19 of the latest Teenage March 2016 issue!